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County jobless numbers go up slightly

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Unemployment in Johnson County increased sightly in January, but the county’s job-less rate was the 13th lowest in the state.

In Johnson County, the unemployment rate increased slightly from 5.3 percent in December to 5.6 percent in January. The county’s jobless rate is significantly less than the same time period a year ago, when 7.3 percent of the labor force were looking for work in January 2013.

More manufacturing jobs were added statewide, but the extreme winter weather has caused a decrease in construction and tourism jobs, according to a report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate dropped to 6.4 percent in January, a slight drop from 6.8 percent in December. The national rate decreased slightly, from 6.7 percent in December to 6.6 percent in January.

Three central Indiana counties — Boone, Hamilton, and Hendricks — have a lower jobless rate than Johnson County.

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